The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Annette Shacklett
LOG Editor 

New race comes to Seward


Not only will Seward host the always thrilling Mount Marathon races this Independence Day weekend, a new race comes to town.

The competitors in Expedition Alaska arrive July 4 in Seward and will run the Mount Marathon course on July 5.

The human powered adventure race is one of 12 Adventure Racing World Series competitions around the globe this year, Race Director Dave Adlard told the LOG this week. It’s the organization’s first race in Alaska, and intends to pay homage to the original Iditarod Trail.

The 76 competitors, in teams of four, must be completely self contained and leave no trace behind. The races are described as an eco challenge and hold strictly to a leave no trace ethic. Racers are disqualified for doing things like leaving trash behind.

Beginning in Eklutna on June 28 they will run, bike, kayak and more for 400 miles to Mile 0 of the Iditarod Trail at Seward’s waterfront.

They’ll rest for the night in Seward. Adlard plans a pancake breakfast on Sunday in Seward and continues to work on securing entertainment.

Then the competitors take on the Mount Marathon challenge – running the full course to the top of the mountain and back down.

The race can be followed on the Expedition Alaska website at where GPS devices will report racers’ progress through the wilds of Alaska.

Competing in the race are the U.S. champions and teams from Brazil, Australia, New Zeland, France, Canada, Sweden and Denmark.

Watch the LOG for details as they come available.


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